According to the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), the basic educational requirements for didactic education in FNDI is 40 hours. This basic requirement is specifically for RNs new in the field of forensics and the specialized area of death investigation (IAFN, 2013). Course content includes: roles, responsibilities, and ethical requirements of a nurse death investigator; best methods for collecting evidence, documenting a scene, and photographing and preserving evidence; procedures for identifying and confirming the decedent's identity; changes that occur to the body following death and the stages that follow; and process and procedure of an autopsy.
- Student will have a standardized body of scientific knowledge for death investigation & the forensic evaluation of the deceased, the circumstances & the environment. (SLO #1).
- Gain understanding of the concept, development, function, and collaboration of the multi-disciplinary team. (SLO #2).
- Student will be able to describe and relate forensic nurse death investigator professional practice issues to nursing process. (SLO #3).
- Gain understanding of ethical practice as a FNDI, applicable scope and standards of practice both nationally & internationally. (SLO #4).
- Student will be able to describe recommended techniques for collecting, preserving and documenting forensic evidence to meet legal guidelines for admissibility in court proceedings. (SLO #5).